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how to wake up (without coffee)

25th March 2016 by Sophie

Don’t forget the clocks are going forward this weekend - that means a whole hour gets taken out of your sleep cycle. Everyone knows caffeine wakes you up after a lack of sleep, but did you know about these 6 other ways?

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don't snooze

Hitting snooze starts your brain on another sleep cycle, so that when your alarm goes off again, you'll feel even sleepier than before.

There are three crucial things the body does while you’re in a slumber - your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves, and your body releases important hormones. A good sleep really is a fundamental part of feeling refreshed and energised throughout the day and if you don’t get enough sleep, and quality sleep, it can leave you feeling groggy and under-performing.

Jess, graze nutritionist

reboot your sleep pattern
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go outside

Fresh air helps to defog your brain, and direct sunlight alerts your body's internal clock to wake up.

Tip: If you go for a run or to workout - don't wear sunglasses!

sun salutation for beginners
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get your blood flowing

Go for a run, do 10 jumping jacks or simply give yourself a dry skin brush to increase circulation and skin glow.

Tip: If you're struggling to get your butt moving in the morning, check out Jess's tips for making it to the gym when you just don't feel like it.

how to actually go to the gym
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drink freshly squeezed juice

Live enzymes will give you more energy.

The power of food blows my mind, and when you juice it, you can get such amazing healthy side effects as it really dumps a whole lot of goodness straight into your blood stream within minutes rather than hours.

Jess, graze nutritionist

the tastiest green detox juice
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take a cool shower

Cold water will make you feel alert, but you could just make the last few minutes cold if you can't deal with the full chill!

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eat breakfast

Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, keeps energy levels high all morning, and keeps hunger at bay.

Breakfast is so important! When your blood sugar levels are on an even keel, your energy levels are maintained until your next meal and your hormones are in check, without a blood sugar roller-coasting situation and subsequent over-eating or poor food choices being made.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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By Sophie, graze blogger.

Sophie is our London-based blogger, queen of content and all things writing at graze HQ! She loves working with the taste expert team to bring their recipes out into the world.

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